Who's the Biggest Loser?

The events list is even shorter this week than last and may be nonexistent as we head into Thanksgiving week. So I plan to take the week off: no new newsletter on Tuesday, November 22!

I'm sure you've heard the good news: Democrats will retain control of the US Senate. And that means judges and administration officials can be appointed over the next two years. With the body split evenly, however, appointments are likely to be slowed by the power-sharing agreement currently in place. This scheme means that every committee will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans on it. And tie votes mean taking the issue to the full Senate for a vote on what's known as a discharge petition. Vice President Kamala Harris would then be needed to break the tie. It's a cumbersome and time-consuming process that just slows all the work of the Senate down.

Just as important: with the House likely to be in Republican hands, the Senate could take over the January 6 investigation. With power-sharing, however, Democrats would be unable to issue subpoenas, seriously hamstringing the investigation.

These are just two strong reasons for working hard to elect a 51st Democrat. A 51st Democratic senator would mean quicker appointments and no need for discharge petitions. It would mean investigating committees could issue subpoenas. Senator Raphael Warnock is currently campaigning in a run-off election against Herschel Walker in Georgia. We want to make sure he wins, again. The election is scheduled for December 6. So there's no time to lose! Here are four excellent ways to get involved:

  1. Donate

  2. Phone
    Fair Fight 2022 GA Runoff Election Phonebanks
    Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda
    Indivisible (Grassroots North Shore is a member organization)

  3. Text
    Georgia Coalition for the People’s Agenda
    Georgia Working Families Party

  4. Write postcards and/or letters
    Vote Forward

The results in Wisconsin were a resounding success, and a BIG WIN for Grassroots North Shore. We really worked hard this election cycle and it seems to have paid off. According to the Village clerk, turnout in Shorewood was a whopping 93% of voters registered before Election Day, although as you will see below, the analysis in Urban Milwaukee has a lower number.

In fact, turnout in the state was lower than it had been in 2018 — about 74% of voters registered before Election Day turned out four years ago while this year's turnout was probably about 63%. Nevertheless Governor Evers tripled his margin of victory! For a detailed analysis of the turnout and election results, John D. Johnson's piece in Urban Milwaukee is worth a careful read. (For another analysis of the Wisconsin results, you can watch a half hour discussion with Shawn Johnson and Matthew DeFour with WisconsinEye.) Here's a key point, though:

Every community in Milwaukee and Waukesha counties gave Evers a higher proportion of the vote in his re-election campaign. Only one municipality in Ozaukee County and two in Washington County swung the other way. Evers flipped Greendale, Greenfield, and River Hills in Milwaukee along with Port Washington and Thiensville in Ozaukee.

The largest shifts came in Wauwatosa (+24), River Hills (+24), Whitefish Bay (+23), Bayside (+22), Mequon (+22), Elm Grove (+21), Fox Point (+21) and Brookfield (+20).

A lot of the blue shifts came in communities where Grassroots North Shore had extensively sent postcards, phoned, leafletted, and canvassed. According to Johnson's piece, turnout in the North Shore communities was as follows:

  • Bayside: 77%
  • Brown Deer: 73%
  • Fox Point: 84%
  • Glendale: 80%
  • River Hills: 85%
  • Shorewood: 81%
  • Whitefish Bay: 84%

We can't take all the credit of course, but the results reinforce the message: campaigning in every imaginable way is hard work — and it pays off.

The national results are not complete yet, but they are stunning. Not only did Democrats hold the Senate, they also picked up at least three governors: in Maryland, the first Black man, Wes Moore, was elected; in Massachusetts, the first woman, Maura Healy, was elected; and in Arizona, Katie Hobbs, the first Democrat elected as Governor since Janet Napolitano resigned in 2009, defeated her MAGA-maximun opponent! John Fetterman won his race for US Senate in Pennsylvania, picking up retiring Republican Senator Pat Toomey's seat. Although Republicans have so far gained five House seats (see the coverage at the New York Times), the out party on average gains around 25-30 in midterm elections!

So who was the BIGGEST LOSER of the midterms? Why none other than TFG (that's The Former Guy, DT) who apparently was the butt of endless jokes on Monday's late night comedy shows. He's going to announce his third run for the White House tonight, we hear. Good luck with that, I say! And in more zany news, a Russian soldier, who claims he was acting on orders, removed a llama and an irate raccoon from the Kherson zoo in Ukraine. You can read the story and watch the video at Newsweek.



Tuesday, November 15

Marquette Law Post-Election Luncheon, 11:45am – 1:30pm
Newsroom Pub, 137 E. Wells St., Milwaukee

Professor Charles Franklin will present an analysis of the results of the November 8 mid-term election, focusing on Wisconsin’s races for governor and senator. Lunch is included. Media panel: Craig Gilbert – Fellow, Marquette Law School Lubar Center for Public Policy Research; Diana Gutierrez – Anchor/Reporter, WISN 12 News; Corrinne Hess – Reporter, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; The cost to attend is $25 for Milwaukee Press Club members, $30 for non-members and $20 for students. More information and registration.

Prosecutors and Politics, 12:15 – 1:15pm
Eckstein Hall, 1215 W. Michigan St., Milwaukee

For prosecuting attorneys, how do politics intersect with prosecution? Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick, who directs the Prosecutors and Politics Project at the University of North Carolina School of Law, will talk about campaign contributions in prosecutor elections, lobbying by prosecutors, and electoral challenges to incumbent prosecutors. Three prosecutors, including Milwaukee County's John Chisholm, will also comment. More information and RSVP form (required).

Democracy in Criminal Law, 4:30 – 5:30pm
Eckstein Hall, 1215 West Michigan Street, Milwaukee

Professor Carissa Byrne Hessick will speak about America's criminal justice system that is designed to be highly democratic but in practice does not live up to that standard. More information and RSVP.

Wednesday, November 16

Drinking Liberally Tosa, 6:30 – 9:00pm
Camp Bar Tosa, 6600 W North Ave, Wauwatosa

Drinking Liberally Tosa is meeting in person. Meet old friends. Make new ones!

Climate Change Public Forum, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Summit Place, 6737 W. Washington St, West Allis

The Milwaukee County League of Women Voters will present a public issues forum on Climate Change, Origins, Impacts, and Solutions.

Stand for Peace, 12:00 – 1:00pm
North 27th Street and West Capitol Drive, Milwaukee

Stand for Peace has resumed in-person events with masks and social distancing. Check for more information. Organized by Peace Action Wisconsin.

Monday, November 21

Milwaukee County Dems Meeting, 6:00 - 7:30pm
734 N. 26th Street Milwaukee

Join us for our final membership meeting before 2023! There's lots to discuss before the holidays. Sign up on Facebook.

other important links

Become a Member of Grassroots North Shore

Milwaukee County Democratic Party

Support Grassroots North Shore


Ozaukee County Democratic Party


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